The state's jail standards committee has been watching the rising number of jail escapes very closely.
The state has a review committee that examines each jail in the state once a year. The committee follows state standards but the coordinator says guidebook for jails hasn't been updated since 1988.
It's Danny Hickman's job to read complaint letters from inmates and he loves it.
“I think God put me here for a reason,” says Hickman.
The second-generation sheriff travels the state auditing each detention center by state safety standards. In May he reviewed Garland county's and found insufficient staffing. Two months later, Derrick Estell slipped away, crawling through a door opening.
One day after that, two men broke out of the Jackson county jail.
“When they break out, we're seeing some bad people escape here lately,” says Hickman.
“It keeps us on our toes,” Pulaski County Lt. Carl Minden says of recent jailbreaks.
The incidents also force other facilities to scrutinize their own security.
"You have people that are incarcerated have nothing else to do but think of ways to get out," Lt. Minden says.
Pulaski county re-built part of their recreation yard and disciplined jailers after an escape in 2011.
Hickman says it all boils down to staff.
“In a lot of jails they're not trained and they're not trained due to turnover and the large turnover is due to pay and pay is terrible and it's just not one county, it's all the counties,” he says.
To help, he hopes to make big changes. The 1988 jail standards call for 40 hours of training and no minimum staffing requirement.
He says it's going to take a lot more to keep jailers, inmates and the public safe.
“I just have a passion for it,” he says.
In addition to staffing, Hickman also says that jail overcrowding and older buildings are part of the problem.
He also said many older jails in the state don't have cameras.
Also some jails are working on expanding and building new detention centers with higher walls and thick glass instead of bars.